Chances are you've been spending more time on your work or personal computer this year due to the office.com/setup, so you might be in need of some basic tools like . Formerly known as Office 365, is a service that adds more features to the traditional office software. But if you don't want to shell out the money, there are a few ways you can get the service and its popular apps for free from
Microsoft's suite of productivity software -- including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Microsoft Teams, OneDrive and SharePoint -- $150 for a one-time installation (as Office 365), or between $70 and $100 every year for subscription service access across devices and family members (as Microsoft 365). Microsoft is also planning to release a new standalone version of -- for a flat price, no subscription required -- at some point later this year.
Here are the versions of Office 365, Microsoft 365, and their apps that you can find online for free right now.
If you're a student or a teacher
If you're awith a school email address, you are likely eligible to get access to Office 365 for free through Microsoft -- including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Microsoft Teams, and additional classroom tools.
All you have to do is enter your school email address on this page on Microsoft's website:. In many cases, you'll be instantly granted access thanks to an automated verification process. If you attend an institution that needs to be verified, it might take up to a month to confirm your eligibility